A crown covers the tooth in such a way as to strengthen it, thereby prolonging its life.

Why do I need a crown?

It is usually provided when there is extensive damage to the tooth, or the tooth is so fragile that by covering it you protect the remaining underlying tooth structure, preventing it from future fracture & breakage.

The crown replaces the outer layer of the tooth and is usually only 0.6 – 1.5 mm thick.

They have great strength due to their powerful attachment to the underlying tooth structure and they are an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems. The aim of the crown is to strengthen the tooth so that it lasts for the next 20+ years.

What materials are used?

Crowns can be constructed from a variety of materials including gold alloys, non-precious alloys, zirconia, high-grade porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal or zirconia to make them look like natural teeth. The choice may vary according to the individual case and specifications.

What steps are involved to make my crown?

The initial step is a full evaluation of the tooth, checking its condition and that of the gums and teeth around it, and so we can see what is required.

This will tell us if a crown is the correct procedure and if so what treatment will be needed. At this stage we will explain what your options are, answer your questions, and explain the process to you.

It usually requires two appointments to make your crown (after the assessment & the decision to go ahead)
At the first appointment we remove any decay, then shape the tooth, take impressions and finally fit the tooth  with a temporary cover made of tooth coloured plastic.

The second appointment we will fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you will have a new beautiful looking tooth.

The final result usually blends in with the rest of the teeth in such a way as to not be noticeable. In that way no one is aware that it is anything other than a normal tooth.

What are the capabilities of crowns?

Crown and bridge work is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques.

Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have fractured through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.

It is quite common for people over 40 years of age to have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which may be due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth.

In front teeth, older fillings can cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers cannot be used. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can also prevent breakage.

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